3.13.2014

My thoughts on If Everybody Ran

You might have seen this campaign put forward by Mizuno: What if Everybody Ran? It took me awhile to actually click through and see what this was all about. Hint: Keep scrolling down to see the video.

I like the idea behind Mizuno's campaign and that is why I decided to write about it on my own free will. But I must confess, the main reason I wanted to write wasn't just to reiterate the benefits to the world from running that they promote. Yes, I agree with some. Some I am not so sure. Running hasn't increased the number of sunrises or sunsets I see but running has made me a better person.

Here is my story. Before running I weighed a bit more, I didn't eat as well, and I spent too many hours in front of the TV. But more importantly, I became depressed and ironically, that was when running was a part of my life. Don't get me wrong. Running didn't make me depressed. I was a runner with big goals of running a marathon before getting pregnant. Due to doctor's comments, I stopped running almost immediately after conception. I was so afraid to "harm" my baby after a miscarriage years earlier. Long story short, I did return slowly to running after having darling daughter but I also suffered from postpartum depression...and that went undiagnosed for years. My running started slipping away and the depression deepened.

Fast forward to today and I am a healthier, happier lady. I am in the best shape of my life and find happiness and glory in every day. Running got me to where I am. It taught me to trust myself, to have faith, and to push on. My running encouraged dear hubby to start running and he is healthier too and his recent physical results prove it. And most importantly, darling daughter is getting into it and is benefiting from living in a household focused on fitness. P.S. She is running her 4th race this coming Monday!

And yes, we are impacting some of the statistics put forth in Mizuno's campaign. Our race entry fees are definitely impacting the economy and don't forget about running shoes and other gadgets! You know I love those gadgets.

And we are eating cleaner and yes, that comes at a cost too. My grocery bill may have gone up to incorporate some better quality foods but this all balances out since we are healthier. So much healthier. My medical costs for over the counter medicines, prescriptions, etc. have gone done. And no, I don't buy fast food anymore.

But when it comes down to the bottom line, I do believe running allows me to make better decisions because it gives me the time to process through things that are bugging me, to sweat the small stuff, and find appropriate paths to resolve the big stuff. I am proud to call myself a runner and want to believe through running I am making the world a better place...one step at a time.

Daily Gratitude: I am thankful for the sound of children's voices.
Daily Affirmation: I am a runner.

5 comments:

  1. Love, love, LOVE this campaign from Mizuno.

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  2. I can relate to so many of these sentiments. Running makes everything work better in my life too.

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  3. Thank you to all of you!

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